There is plenty to do and see in Ceredigion.
Many take the opportunity to explore the scenery and unique coastline on walks, by bike or on horseback. However, there are also a wide range of attractions and parks for all the family.
Alternatively, take a boat trip out to see the dolphins, seals and other wildlife in Cardigan Bay; visit a heritage site; explore the towns and villages; or try your hand at a wide range of sea and land based activities.
Did you see BBC One’s Big Blue Live? See Dolphins for yourself off the Ceredigion Coast.
THE CEREDIGION COAST
Cardigan Bay is a Marine Conservation Area with sites of Special Scientific Interest due to the flora and fauna, as well as the wildlife. The Ceredigion coast has miles of golden sand, award winning beaches, rocky coves, sheer cliff faces, tiny ports and harbours. The main towns are Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, New Quay and Cardigan.
The Coastal Path stretches for 60 miles around Cardigan Bay, with New Quay at its centre. The Bay has an abundance of wildlife, both on shore and at sea. There are wildlife spotting trips from New Quay, and Cardigan. These are a good way to see bottlenose dolphins, porpoises, seals and coastal birds.
Ceredigion is also a great place to try water sports including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing or surfing. Alternatively, watch one of the Regattas that take place during the year.
THE HILLS AND COUNTRYSIDE
Situated on Ceredigion’s eastern border are the Cambrian Hills. These hills are the source of three rivers: the Severn, the Wye and the Teifi.
The hills contain a wealth of history in the form of Bronze Age cairns, stone circles and megaliths. There are also lead, silver and zinc mine workings, some of which date back to the Romano-Celtic period.
In the western end, is the Cistercian Strata Florida Abbey, which was founded in 1164. To the north east of the Abbey are the Teifi Pools, a series of small lakes left over after the last ice age and the source of the River Teifi.
Capel Soar Y Mynydd is often called the most remote chapel in Wales. Situated between Tregaron and Llyn Brianne, it is a Welsh Calvinist Methodist Chapel which was built in 1822 to serve the hill farmers of the remote upper valleys. The chapel today is still a site of active worship and visitors continue to make their pilgrimage to this hauntingly beautiful site.
The countryside is a working landscape of cattle and sheep farms and small market towns. There are many events through the year, including horse and pony shows and trotting races.
NEW QUAY : CEI NEWYDD
New Quay was once a thriving port, shipbuilding and fishing centre. Today it is a popular seaside resort with easy access to its beaches. It has a Blue Flag and Seaside Award winning beaches which provide watersports. The area is also renowned for frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins and boat trips sail from the harbour to explore the Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast.
New Quay has a heritage centre and marine wildlife centre. For thrill seeking holiday makers, there is Cardigan Bay Water Sports, “Walking on Water” Surf School, and Sea Mor Scuba Diving.
The annual Cardigan Bay Regatta usually takes place in August and dates back to the 1870s with sailing and dinghy competitions as well as inshore swimming and rowing events. There is an annual Music Festival which also takes place in August.
There are plenty of restaurants and pubs in the Town and neighbouring villages. In addition, there are two fish and chip shops, a pasty shop, Chinese takeaway, and an Indian restaurant/takeaway.
Nearby, New Quay Honey Farm is the largest bee farm in Wales with a live bee exhibition and shop for honey, mead and beeswax.
New Quay’s Tourist Information Centre is open Monday to Saturday from Easter to the end of September and also on Sundays during the summer months and on bank holiday weekends.